Maria had chosen to stay at 'Punta Blanca', near Jama south of Pedernales. She had been there with Gabriel and Hernan when Gabriel was small and had good memories of the place. The accommodations were in tents with communal bathrooms, very rustic but reasonably comfortable. We were all happy to arrive in glorious sunshine. It took no time to be in our swimsuits and checking out the surf. The children were in heaven. The water was warm, the waves kept coming, and they never wanted to leave the ocean. The tents were at the top of a cliff, and we had to walk down 138 steps to get to the water, and again up the 138 steps to the restaurant for lunch. I had been looking forward to shrimp and calamari and ceviche and was not disappointed.
Gabriel and Maya
The Paraguay España game kept us from the sun for a short while, but Gabriel and Maya were eager to run down the stairs to the water for an afternoon in the sun. We were so relieved to have good weather! The children were happy to have each other and I enjoyed having a companion on the beach, although I was happy to read my book and plunge into the waves as well. This was more like the beach vacation I was looking forward to!
Buried in my book, it took a while to register that the screaming that I heard was Maya's, and that it was not yelps of joy. For a moment, I thought she had lost a part of her anatomy, but when I reached her I discovered long blue green tendrils of a jelly fish clinging to her thigh. Her hands were inflamed and a figure of the number '5' was outlined on her leg. I had her wash herself off and put aloe vera cream wherever she was stung. I expected that she would be avoidant of the water after that, but other than preferring that an adult join her each time, she spent as much time as possible in the water.